Dell vs. Microsoft II

A sort of follow up to this post. It looks like Dell is standing strong in its decision to back Blue-ray (which it had a hand in creating) despite Microsoft pressure and incentives to back HD-DVD. The Dell/Microsoft partnership definitely is not what it was just a few years ago. The power balance is slowly shifting and when you add in the legal scrutiny that Microsoft is under, they just can't strong arm like they used to be able to do. If a major vendor like Dell starting to preload OpenOffice.org as a default and then offer Office as an upgrade, it would have major implications. Not only would it impact the profit center of Microsoft, but the precedent would be set. Dell is poised to step out of the shadow that it has been in and be able to make decisions like this without fear of retribution. Does that mean you'll soon see real Linux preloads from Dell? I doubt it, but some day I think it'll be inevitable. It's just a matter of how far away some day is.
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–jeremy

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2 Responses to Dell vs. Microsoft II

  1. Anonymous says:

    Well Dell is now preloading computers in the UK with Firefox. It isn't much but it shows that major companies can use open source and go against Microsoft.
    -Darin3200

  2. Anonymous says:

    They are also offering OS-less pcs and servers. Not laptops though.

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